Vebjørn L. Horsfjord

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Academic Interests

Interreligious studies. Interfaith dialogue. Religion and politics. Religion, conflict and reconciliation. Religion at the UN. Religion and human rights. Religious minorities


PhD dissertation

"It takes two to dialogue. A speech act analytical study of the Muslim dialogue initiative A Common Word Between Us and You and Christian responses"

Supervisor: Professor Oddbjørn B Leirvik.



Higher education and employment history

Phd research fellow, Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo (2010 - 2015)

General Secretary of European Council of Religious Leaders - Religions for Peace (2006 to 2010)

Deputy General Secretary of Church of Norway Council for Ecumenical and International Relations (2002 to 2006)

Director Church of Norway Development Education Service (2000 to 2001)

Cand. theol from the University of Oslo 1996. Studied in Norway, England, Scotland and India.




  • Member, Board, UiO:Nordic (from 2015)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Life and Peace institute, Uppsala (from 2008)
  • Coordinator, Contact group between the Islamic Council of Norway and the Church of Norway (2002 to 2006)
  • Member, Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities (2002 to 2006)
  • Secretary, Dialogue group between the Jewish Community in Norway and the Church of Norway (2002 to 2006)



“Negotiating Traditional Values – The Russian Orthodox Church at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)”, in Stensvold, A., Religion, state and the United Nations, London, Routledge, 2016

“Men hva med sannheten?” in Fagerli, B., Grung, A.H., Kloster, S.T. and Onsrud, L.M. (eds), Dialogteologi på norsk, Oslo, Verbum, 2016, 279-293

“Dialogue as Speech Act and Discourse: Methods to Understand what Interreligious Dialogue Does with Reference to A Common Word Between Us and You” in Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 48(3), 2013, pp. 289-298

“Religionspolitikk i Europa” in Teologisk Tidsskrift 2(4), 2013, pp. 336-358

“Dialog etter karikaturkrisen: Sammen er vi forskjellige?” in Kirke og Kultur 4/2013, pp. 405-422

“The Russian Orthodox Church: Two discourses on Human Rights” in Nordic Journal of Human Rights 30(4), 2012, pp. 429-453

“Reaching for the Reset Button for Muslim-Christian Relations: Recent Developments in the Common Word Process” in Studies in Interreligious Dialogue 21(1), 2011, pp. 64- 78

“Challenging Contexts. A study of two contemporary Indian Christian Theologians and a reflection on the need for inter-contextual dialogue” in Studia Theologica. Scandinavian Journal of Theology, 1/2001, pp.41-57



Non-peer reviewed articles:


“Konvertering: misjon, dialog og etikk” in Norsk tidsskrift for misjonsvitenskap. Norwegian Journal of Missiology, 4/2007, pp. 249-258

“Healing and Salvation in Late Modernity: the Use and Implication of Such Terms in the Ecumenical Movement” in International Review of Mission, Vol 96, Nos 380/381, 2007, pp. 5-21

“Skriften står på veggen i urin” in Kirke og Kultur, 3/2001 pp. 239-247 [On biblical symbols in poet and song writer Ole Paus´ lyrics]

“India” in Freedom of Religion. A report with special emphasis on the right to choose religion and registration systems, Forum 18, Oslo, 2001, pp. 37-43

“Kristenforfølgelse og undertrykkelse i India” in Kirke og Kultur, 4/1999, 104. årgang, pp. 341-353

“Gud for små folk”, in Kirke og Kultur, 4/1998, 103. årgang, pp. 343-354 [On ”dalit theology”, liberation theology in India]


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